Common Sense Media to Host Town Hall on Protecting Kids Online in New York City

“Privacy, Cyberbullying, and Our Kids' Digital Life” will provide forum for parents to share concerns with policymakers and industry leaders
For immediate release
Thursday, February 16, 2012

New York, NY – Tonight, Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, will host a town hall about children’s online privacy and safety. “Privacy, Cyberbullying, and Our Kids' Digital Life” will bring parents and caregivers together with policymakers and industry leaders for an open discussion about cyberbullying, online safety, and how kids’ information is being shared in a digital world. The panel will begin at 7 p.m. EST at The Dalton School in New York City.

Panelists and parents will discuss how the digital world is changing family life, education, and policy, as well as what parents, teachers, policymakers, law enforcement, and industry leaders can do to protect kids both online and on mobile platforms, now and in the future.

“Our kids spend more time with media and technology than they do in the classroom or with their parents,” said James Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense Media, the host of the event. “Everyone, from parents to policymakers, has a role to play in helping them safely navigate their rapidly changing digital world. This town hall is the third in our nationwide series of conversations with parents about some of the biggest challenges children and families face today, like cyberbullying and the online tracking and profiling of kids. We hope this exchange of ideas will inspire solutions from government and industry leaders that help protect kids and empower families.”

Steyer will moderate the panel, which includes Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Films.

To RSVP for tonight’s event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/privacy-cyberbullying-our-kids-digital-life-tickets-2289820916. Members of the press should send an email to Colby Zintl at the address below. The event will be live blogged at Twitter at @CommonSenseNews using the hashtag #digitalkids. For more information about Common Sense Media’s series of national town halls, visit www.commonsense.org/about-us/press-room/common-sense-media-news.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.

Press Contact:
Colby Zintl
415-553-6753
colby@commonsense.org

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